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COMMENT: 'Black Night is the best horse we have seen trained in Jersey for a long time'

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LAST Friday evening’s fixture at Les Landes saw Black Night, under French jockey Davy Delalande, put up another exceptional weight-carrying performance, writes Bobsbest.

Black Night (centre) on his way to Victory in the Quilter Cheviot Evening Feature Handicap with Flutterbee, Bonjour and Hard to Handel. Picture: David Ferguson

Raised 5 lb to a rating of 99 by the handicapper after his previous win, he scored again easily from Hard To Handel who was receiving 34 lb.

Whilst the handicapper can’t give Black Night more than the maximum permitted weight, his rating is bound to be raised again and this will have the effect of compressing the weights at the lower end of the ratings. So Black Night will continue to be expected to give ever greater amounts of weight to his rivals.

We haven’t seen as good a horse as Black Night trained in Jersey for a very long time, probably not since the days of the late Paul Green, a very successful owner in the UK, who came to live in Jersey.

He brought a number of his horses to race at Les Landes and they tended to outclass the local opposition.

The effect was to raise the standard of the sport in the Island for which most were grateful, but it also caused some resentment among those who found the opposition too tough.

Possibly the continued success of Black Night is not as popular with some as he is with racegoers who enjoy seeing a good horse in action.

However, this success is entirely a local family affair. The horse is owned by Anne Moon and trained by her son James. Anne’s husband David Moon, a retired local lawyer, has been a successful owner and breeder for many years and is a former President of the Jersey Race Club. The family are entitled to enjoy the success of their best horse who is repaying just a fraction of their long-term investment – in more ways than one – in the sport.

  • Results

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6.30: 1, Cahill (trained by Mrs C Gilbert, ridden by Alice Mills and owned by R J Vibert) 11/10. 2, Samuel French 4/1. 3, Beyond Measure 14/1. Distances: 3, 35, 25 and 70 lengths. Tote, win: £1.90. Places: £2, £1.40. Tote exacta: £7.40.

7.05: 1, Doctor Parkes (UK, Natalie Lloyd-Beavis; Philip Prince; Parsonafe Racing) 6/1. 2, Fruit Salad 9/4. 3, Limelite 17/2. Dist: 2, 1 and 2½ lgths, a neck and a neck. Tote, win: £10.20. Places: £4, £1.60. Tote exacta: £31.50.

7.40: 1, Black Night (J Moon; Davy Delalande; Mrs A Moon) 2/5. 2, Hard To Handel 3/1. 3, Bonjour 10/1. Dist: 3½, 7, 1 and 1½ lgths. Tote, win: £1.60. Tote exacta: £2.50.

8.15: 1, Princess Kodia (Mrs A Malzard; Michelle Hooper; Funboy 5) 8/1. 2, Grey Panel 11/8. 3, Pas d’Action 11/2. Dist: 2¼, 3, 3 and 1¼ lgths. Tote, win: £12.30. Places: £2.70, £1.90. Tote exacta: £294 carried forward.

8.50: 1, Gabster (K Kukk; Paddy Aspell; Lavender Racing) 2/1. 2, Barwick (UK) 11/8. 3, Benoordenhout 7/2. Dist: ½, 2½, 5 and 3½ lgths. Tote, win: £3.70. Places: £1.20, £1.40, £1.60. Tote exacta: £14.90.

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